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China secured a top-eight spot in the women's volleyball competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games after a 3-0 victory over DPR Korea.

HANGZHOU, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- China smashed DPR Korea 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-8) to win Pool A of women's volleyball tournament at the Hangzhou Asian Games on Monday, but its regular setter Diao Linyu withdrew midway due to a hand injury.

Diao hurt her finger in the middle of the first set and then remained on the bench until the end of the match.

"It's my long-time injury, the doctor checked it out, and I don't think it's serious. I'll try my best to return to the court next match," said Diao.

"Even though there is little documentation or video of the DPR Korea side, we still made some studies on them," said China's middle blocker Wang Yuanyuan.

Four Chinese players, including Li Yingying, Wang Yuanyuan, Gong Xiangyu and Yuan Xinyue, got double digits in scoring. Choe Pokhyang led the DPR Korea side with 13 points.

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Elsewhere in Pool C, South Korea eased past Nepal 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-11) to secure the second place of the pool with one victory and one loss. Vietnam won the pool with two victories.

Japan swept Kazakhstan 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-13) to secure its top place in Pool D, with Kazakhstan at second.

In Pool B, Thailand finished first, ahead of Chinese Taipei.

DPR Korea, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Kazakhstan also secured their places in the quarterfinals.

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